To the east of Naha Airport, in Nanjo City, there is an area called Seifa Utaki. During the times of the Ryukyu Kingdom, it was a holy land and the site of many festivals.
Faith in the healing powers of the sacred place continues to this day. In the year 2000 it was registered as a World Heritage site and is thus protected for future generations.
Utaki is a term indicating a sanctuary, widely used in the Nansei islands. Seifa Utaki is the holiest of these sanctuaries, a land that is central to the creation myths of the Ryukyu heritage. Originally a land forbidden to males, it is said that even the Ryukyu king was dressed in the costume of women to enter Seifa Utaki.
Entering the dense, lush forest, the visitor encounters many quiet spaces; the cool breeze whispers sweet gossip through the dense green leaves and the warm rays of sunlight filters through the overhanging branches. It is easy to feel that a God lives here. Climbing slowly to the top of the hill, one can see to the east Kudaka Island, also known here as the Island of God.
Known for its accessibility, many tourists find their way to the site while driving on the island.
50 minutes drive from Naha Airport.
Address: Kudeken Chinen, Nanjo-shi, Okinawa Prefecture
Airport: Naha Airport
19th Century red brick architectural relic from Hokkaido’s industrial heyday
Contemporary walk through a 400-year old samurai district
Autumn in Japan, landscape dyed in red, orange, and brown
Pristine white sand beach paradise and warm welcome breeze
Cherry blossoms and Field Mustard in full bloom on the river bank
Gorgeous Sakura tree, guardian of a hillside tea plantation
Timeless Okinawan island landscape - framed by a row of Bise trees
Sakura blooms each spring from the south, covering Japan in a pink blanket as it travels northwards
The natural water curtain heals the body and soul